Esoteric N-01XD Network DAC


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The ultimate Network x DAC only ESOTERIC could achieve

An all unique circuit design called "Master Sound Discrete DAC", together with a further refined sound quality Network Module as core technology result in the ultimate Network Audio Player/DAC, the N-01XD. The outcome of ESOTERIC's passion that strives for the original master sound.

Powerful Output

The N-01XD’s Master Sound Discrete DAC is the most revolutionary two-channel stereo DAC circuit in ESOTERIC’s history, and is based on the original circuit developed for the Grandioso D1X Monoblock D/A Converter. As an extension of the D1X’s design philosophy, an abundance of luxurious materials have been invested in the construction of N-01XD’s Master Sound Discrete DAC, including 32 separate elements for each channel. Each of these 32 elements, including such key components as a clock driver, logic circuitry, capacitors and resistors, are kept independent to ensure the purest output with virtually no loss of musical energy.

Network audio

With network audio, you can realize the opulent dream of full access to all your music with superior sound quality from the comfort of your listening position. All that is required besides the audio system is a regular home LAN (such as a Wi-Fi router), tablet or smartphone, and a NAS (Network Attached Storage) device for storing your music library. With these components, you can easily begin a life of relaxing music enjoyment with uncompromising quality.

The N-01XD features noticeable improvements in network playback quality, including the latest developments in network modules that supports 22.5MHz DSD and linear power supply technology without any switching elements.

Esoteric Sound Stream

Esoteric Sound Stream is an Apple iOS/Android network playback app for smartphones and tablets designed with an emphasis on both sound quality and intuitive operability. Musical tracks can be easily selected using the smartphone/ tablet to create a customized playlist for later playback. All screens have been intuitively designed for simple operation and access to playlists and libraries, making it easy for anyone to use. Yet it also offers an extensive range of refined features that meet the demands of even the most experienced users.
Key to this achievement is a superb search and retrieval function that fully utilizes tag information. Images can also be stored using the app, enabling the user to instantly scroll through album artwork and libraries according to artist, year of recording, composer or other categories. This use of tag information even allows tracks that have the same name but different formats to be easily identified onscreen. 


Esoteric N-01XD network DAC 

Digital audio inputs

  • XLR Connectors: 1
  • Input level: 5.0Vp-p
  • Input impedance: 110 ohm
  • Input signal formats: Linear PCM (AES/EBU) 32 - 192kHz, 16/24bit, DSD 2.8MHz (DoP)
  • RCA Connectors: 1
  • Input level: 0.5Vp-p
  • Input impedance: 75
  • Input signal formats: Linear PCM( IEC60958) 32 - 192kHz, 16/24bit, DSD 2.8MHz (DoP)
  • Optical digital connector: 1
  • Input level -24.0 to -14.5dBm peak
  • Input signal formats: Linear PCM( IEC60958) 32 - 192kHz, 16/24bit, DSD 2.8MHz (DoP)
  • USB port: 1 (Type B)
  • Input signal formats: Linear PCM 44.1 - 768kHz, 16/32bit
  • DSD 2.8MHz, 5.6MHz, 11.2MHz, 22.5MHz
  • Ethernet port: 1000BASE-T
  • Input signal formats: Linear PCM 44.1 - 384kHz, 16/32bit, DSD 2.8MHz, 5.6MHz
  • supported file formats: DSD lossless - DSF, DSDIFF (DFF), DoP, PCM lossless - FLAC, Apple Lossless (ALAC), WAV, AIFF
  • Compressed Audio: MP3, AAC (m4a container)
  • USB drive ports: FAT32 and NTFS, Single partition, USB 2.0 or higher recommended, 0.5A maximum current supply

Clock Sync Input

  • BNC connector: 1
  • Frequencies that can be input (±10 ppm) 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz,
  • 176.4kHz,192kHz, 10MHz, 22.5792MHz, 24.576MHz
  • Input impedance: 50
  • Input level: Rectangle wave equivalent to TTL levels, Sine wave: 0.5 to 1.0 Vrms (50 – 75)

Analog audio outputs

  • XLR connectors: 1 pair (L /R)
  • RCA connectors: 1pair (L /R)
  • Output impedance: XLR: 20, RCA: 23.5
  • Maximum output level (at 1kHz, 10k load): XLR: 5.0Vrms, RCA: 2.5Vrms
  • Frequency response (PCM 192kHz): 5Hz – 70kHz (-3dB)
  • S/N Ratio: 120dB
  • Distortion: 0.0007% (1 kHz)


  • Power supply: AC 220-240 V, 50/60 Hz
  • Power consumption: 33W
  • External dimensions (W × H × D, including protrusions) 445 × 162 × 438 mm
  • Weight: 25.7 kg (56 3/4 lb)
  • Included Accessories: Power cord × 1, Felt pads × 4, Owner’s manual × 1, Warranty card × 1

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